About Us

Established in 1993, Ohio Family and Children First Council (FCFC) is a partnership of State and local government, communities, and families that enhances the well-being of Ohio’s children and families by streamlining and coordinating government services for children and families, building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging families. Each county in Ohio is mandated to maintain a Family and Children First Council.

The mission of the Hancock County Family and Children First Council, in partnership with families, will prioritize and evaluate services, coordinate and implement processes to address gaps, and promote the strength of families.

Our Council has been identified as the vehicle to coordinate efforts to improve access to streamlined services, as well as to improve outcomes for children and families in Hancock County. This family-centered approach ensures:

  • Families are fully involved in making decisions for their children.
  • Services are responsive to cultural, racial, and ethnic differences.
  • Service outcomes are evaluated.
  • Wraparound and community supports are utilized.
  • Duplicate efforts among agencies are reduced or eliminated.
  • Specialized treatment for difficult-to-serve populations and evidence-based treatment services are encouraged.

We are committed to supporting children and preserving families in our community.


 

Our Initiatives:

Service Coordination and Wraparound Services for families of multi-system youth. Through Service Coordination, a coordinator works with youth-serving agencies and organizations to collaborate to build upon the strengths of each family to meet their needs. Through Wraparound, a facilitator assists the family in putting together an individualized team that consists of the family’s natural supports as well as the professionals who are working with them. Wraparound is implemented when traditional services are not working and involve a creative, out of the box, approach.

Early Intervention. Early Intervention provides assessment and, if necessary, coordinated services to parents of infants and toddlers through age two with developmental delays. The program builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist parents and caregivers to enhance children’s development through everyday routines.

Hancock County’s No Wrong Door program helps to ensure the accessibility of information about resources with one call. Agencies and organizations participate in training on a regular basis to ensure staff is trauma-informed and up to date about the availability of services within the County and appropriate strategies for a warm hand-off if their agency does not provide the requested services. Program is implemented in partnership with the Center for Civic Engagement.

Summer Lunch Program. A free lunch is provided on weekdays during the summer to children under 18 and to adults at a reduced rate at Glenwood Middle School. This program, a partnership with Findlay City Schools, also includes activities provided each day by youth-oriented organizations from throughout the community.


For additional information, contact Peggy Grandbois, FCFC Coordinator, at mfgrandbois@co.hancock.oh.us or 419-424-7073.

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